Interlock Wave Surges and Protects Roadways
Last week, new ignition interlock laws went into effect. Wisconsin now requires ignition interlocks for first time convicted drunk drivers with a BAC of .15, repeat offenders and for those who refuse a BAC test. California requires interlocks for all offenders in four counties: Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare.
California joins 13 other states with laws requiring ignition interlocks for all first time convicted DUI offenders. Wisconsin joins nine other states requiring these devices for first time convicted drunk drivers with a BAC of .15 or greater. In 2007, North Carolina enacted a law similar to Wisconsin. Here is a North Carolina’s newspaper’s take on only requiring interlocks for offenders with a BAC of .15 or greater when the illegal level is .08.
As part of the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, MADD aims to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers with an illegal BAC of .08 or greater.
To take action for a better interlock law in your state, please go to MADD’s take action page.